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    SpaceTREx

    University of Arizona

    Adventure Awaits.

    UA SpaceTREx Lab
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  • video_typing_cover

    SpaceTREx

    University of Arizona

    Adventure Awaits.
    UA SpaceTREx Lab
    Planets ballrobots ballrobots aosat inflatables europa
  • video_typing_cover

    SpaceTREx

    University of Arizona

    Adventure Awaits.
    UA SpaceTREx Lab
    Planets ballrobots ballrobots aosat inflatables europa

Our Mission

The Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory at University of Arizona's Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department develop systems engineering design and control solutions for space, planetary and asteroid exploration, using small spacecraft, robots and sensor network devices. Research is focused on developing enabling technologies for extreme environment exploration, interplanetary CubeSat explorers and on-orbit servicing spanning spacecraft constellations, propulsion, power and communications.

The laboratory and key personnel have a diverse range of expertise including CubeSat design, development, launch expertise, smart system design and control using bio-inspired and neural network control paradigms, space weather and extreme-environment robotics. The laboratory is rapidly expanding and diversifying its research portfolio by exploiting new developments in terrestrial technology, particularly nanotechnology and applying it to space exploration, while taking technology developed for space and applying it towards important challenges facing humanity in the fields of climate change, security, water and energy.

Our Team with Big Ideas

Interdisciplinary Expertise in Engineering, Science and Exploration

Dr. Jekan Thanga
Assistant Professor, Head of SpaceTREx Laboratory

Expertise HTML icon
  • Space Systems Design
  • AI/ML/Neural Networks Dynamics and Control
  • Network Robotics and Control
  • PEM Fuel Cells
  • Hydrogen Storage
Research Interests HTML icon
  • CubeSat Swarms
  • Machine Learning for Robot Design and Control
  • Extreme Environment Mobility Systems
  • Interplanetary CubeSat Propulsion
  • Inflatable Structures for Space
  • Mobile Power Supplies
  • Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
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Professor Jekan Thanga has 20 years of experience working in the aerospace research sector and is a senior member of the AIAA. He has been an expert reviewer for government agencies, including NASA and NSF, and has been a Subject Matter Expert on space matters for DoD organizations. He has developed several student-centric research and design programs that incorporate systems engineering and has graduated over 60 students who have gone onto work in leading positions throughout the aerospace, defense, and IT sectors. He obtained his bachelor's in engineering science (Aerospace Major) from the University of Toronto. He worked on Canadarm, Canadarm 2, and the DARPA Orbital Express missions at MDA Space Missions. Jekan obtained his Ph.D. in space robotics at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and did a postdoc at MIT's Field and Space Robotics Laboratory (FSRL). Jekan is broadly interested in the exploration of space and extreme environments, using networks of robots, interplanetary CubeSats, and smart sensors. His research focuses on developing enabling technologies that span system design, propulsion, networking, and power to permit smart, fully autonomous operation for long durations. This is achieved through Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) using a combination of conventional, adaptive, and bio-inspired neuro-evolutionary methods resulting in high performance, unconventional design, and control solutions that would otherwise not be envisioned by a human designer. His research covers the investigation of fundamental theoretical concepts with simulation using computational tools, culminating with field trials and deployment. He and his team of students and postdocs have co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications and won several recent awards including the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2016, co-author of Student Best Paper Award 2nd Place at AAS GNC in 2017, MBR Mars Settlement Challenge Winner in 2018, co-author of Student Best Paper Award 3rd Place at AAS GNC in 2018, co-author of Best Paper Presentation Award at AMOS in 2019 and a mentor of a Top 10 Finalist Team at NASA BIG Competition 2020 consisting of the Colorado School of Mines and Univ. of Arizona students.

Dr. Erik Asphaug
Professor

Expertise HTML icon
  • Planetary Science
  • Asteroid and Comet Dynamics
  • Planetary Formation
  • Planetary Collisions
  • Icy Bodies
  • Small Spacecraft Missions
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Professor Asphaug studies planet and satellite formation, including giant impacts such as that which formed the Moon. The ensuing diversity of planets is the subject of his book When the Earth Had Two Moons (HarperCollins, 2019). He also studies "small bodies" (asteroids, comets and satellites) that are leftovers of accretion, working to understand their formation and evolution, low-gravity geology, and activity and surface patterns. He participates in laboratory research looking into the strength properties of meteorites, and theoretical research into the origin of chondrules. Over the years, thanks to motivated students, he has also explored crater lakes and patterned ground on Mars, the delivery of volatiles to the lunar surface, and bombardment of Saturn's rings. He was on the Galileo and LCROSS missions, and is on the science teams of upcoming missions to asteroids Psyche and Didymos, and to the Martian moons. He leads the Comet Radar Explorer (CORE) mission concept, proposed twice to NASA Discovery, to obtain a high definition medical-like scan of a comet nucleus interior, and is helping to develop an instrument that would make seismic imaging of small body interiors a remote-sensing investigation. In SpaceTREx he is helping to develop innovative low cost approaches to exploration, and the AOSAT cubesat centrifuge that will mimic the low but non-zero gravity of asteroids.


Dr. Byong Kwon
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Stephen Schwartz
Postdoctoral Fellow

Steven Morad
PhD Student

Ravi Teja Nallapu
PhD Candidate

Himangshu Kalita
PhD Candidate

Leonard Vance
PhD Candidate

Greg Wilburn
Masters Candidate Researcher

Alvaro Diaz
Masters Candidate Researcher

Tristan Schuler
Masters Candidate Researcher

Steven Anderson
Masters Candidate Researcher

Jose Fernandez
Masters Candidate Researcher

Rachel Moses
Undergraduate Researcher

Jake Lee
Undergraduate Researcher

Miguel Donayre
Undergraduate Researcher

Troy Jameson
Undergraduate Researcher

Matthew Johnson
NASA Spacecgrant Researcher

Felicity Aldava
NASA Spacecgrant Researcher

Abraham Marquez
Undergraduate Researcher

Yinan Xu
Undergraduate Researcher

Francisco Garcia
NASA Spacecgrant Researcher

Dara Davoodi
Undergraduate Researcher

Andrew Okonya
Undergraduate Researcher

Akash Gholap
Undergraduate Visiting Researcher

125

Publications

26,500

Publication Reads

720

Citations

15

Projects

25

Awards

11

Patents and Inventions

21

Grants

170

Presentations

2

Faculty/Staff

25

Researchers

15

Masters Reports/Theses and PhD Theses

78

Alumni Network

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Robert Goddard

The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero.

Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison

Facilities

Top-notch instruments and devices for the design, development, integration and testing for extreme environments.

Small Space Systems
Future of Exploration

SpaceTREx develops enabling technologies for Interplanetary CubeSats and sensor probes spanning power, propulsion, communications and constellations.

Planetary Robotics
Access Into the Unknown

We develop next generation mobility technologies for accessing caves, canyons and cliffs. Research has also started into on-orbit manipulation and satellite servicing technology.

Terrestrial Applications
Building a Better World

We apply space technology towards important challenges facing humanity in the fields of climate change, security, water and energy.

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Clean Room
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Publications


Encylopedia Article

  • Thangavelautham, J., Sustainable and Green Power Sources for Long Duration Environment Monitoring, To Appear in Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, Elsevier, New York, NY, 2018, 

Book Chapters

  • Thangavelautham, J., Degradation in PEM Fuel Cells and Mitigation Strategies Using System Design and Control, Chapter 5, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Tanner, T.,  Editor, Intech, Vienna, Austria, 2018, pp. 63–95. (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J., Grouchy, P., D’Eleuterio, G.M.T., Application of Coarse-Coding Techniques for Evolvable Multirobot Controllers, Chapter 16, Computational Intelligence in Optimization-Applications and Implementations, Tenne, Y., C-K., Goh,  Editors, Vol. 7, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2010, pp. 381–412. (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J., Barfoot, T., D’Eleuterio, G.M.T., Evolutionary-Based Control Approaches for Multirobot Systems, Chapter 3, Frontiers in Evolutionary Robotics, Iba, H, Editor, Advanced Robotics Systems International, Vienna, Austria, 2008.  (PDF)

Conference Papers

    2020

    • Vance, L., Thangavelautham, J. “Use of Active Laser Detector for Orbital Debris Avoidance,” Submitted to IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2021.
    • Xu, Y., Thangavelautham, J., “Cooperative Lunar Site Preparation and Construction Using Ground Robots and Flying Robots,” Submitted to IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2021.
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for Human Bases,” Submitted to IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2021.(
    • Alvaro, D., Thangavelautham, J., “FemtoSats for Exploring Permanently Shadowed Regions on the Moon,” Submitted to IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2021.
    • Vance, L., Thangavelautham, J., “Development of Techniques Enabling Suborbital Small Object Capture Around Low Gravity Asteroids,” Submitted to Scitech Conference, 2021.
    • Vance, L., Thangavelautham, J., “Remote Spectroscopy of Asteroids for In-Situ Resource Utilization,” Submitted to Earth and Space Conference, Seattle, WA, 2021
    • Anderson, S., Marquez, A., Thangavelautham, J.,“Solar 3D Printing of Structures for Off-World Bases,” Submitted to Earth and Space Conference, Seattle, WA, 2021
    • Himangshu, K., Thangavelautham, J., “Evaluation of Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for Use as Human Habitats,” Submitted to Earth and Space Conference, Seattle, WA, 2021
    • Thangavelautham, J., Yu, X., “Modelling Excavation, Site-Preparation and Construction of a Lunar Mining Base Using Robot Swarms,” Submitted to Earth and Space Conference, Seattle, WA, 2021
    • Schwartz, S, Thangavelautham, J., Asphaug, E., Nallapu, R., “AOSAT: A Low-cost Centrifuge Laboratory in Low-Earth Orbit,” submitted to iSAIRIS Conference, 2020.
    • Kwon, B., Thangavelautham, J., “Multi-Robot 3D Coverage Path Planning for Inspecting Space Structures,” submitted to iSAIRIS Conference, 2020.
    • Xu, Y., Thangavelautham, J., “Co-Evolution of Multi-Robot Controllers and Task Cues for Off-World Open Pit Mining,” submitted to iSAIRIS Conference, 2020.
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Design for Long Duration Missions Using a Team of SphereX Robots, ” submitted to iSAIRIS Conference, 2020.
    • Schuler, T., Kukkala, K., Vilvanathan, V., Thangavelautham, J., “ CubeSat System Design for Mars Exploratory Balloon (MEB), ” submitted to iSAIRIS Conference, 2020.
    • Moses, R., Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “GNC of Shape Morphing Microbots for Planetary Exploration,” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “ Advancing Asteroid Spacecraft GNC Technology Using Student Built CubeSat Centrifuge Laboratories, ” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020 (PDF)
    • Kwon, B., Thangavelautham, J., “ Decentralized Spacecraft Swarms for Inspection of Large Space Structures, ” Proceedings of the 42nd AAS Rocky Mountain, Section Guidance and Control Conference, February 2, 2020. (PDF)
    • Ravindran, A., Vance, L., Thangavelautham, J., “Modeling, Control and Laboratory Testing of an Electromagnetic Docking System for Small Satellites,” AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020.(PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Aldava, F., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Evolving Design and Mobility of a Spacecraft on Stilts to Explore Asteroids,” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020.(PDF)
    • Schuler, T., Shkarayev, S., Thangavelautham, J., “ CubeSat System Design for Mars Exploratory Balloon (MEB), ” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Xu, Y., Marquez, A., Schuler,T., Thangavelautham, J., “ The Design of a Space-based Observation and Tracking System for Interstellar Objects, ” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020 (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Mobility, Power and Thermal Control of SphereX for Planetary Exploration,” 43rd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, CO, 2020.(PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., “Autonomous Robot Teams for Lunar Mining Base Construction and Operation,” IEEE Aerospace Conference 2020, Big Sky, MT, 2020.(PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Dynamics and Control of a Hopping Robot for Extreme Environment Exploration on the Moon and Mars,” IEEE Aerospace Conference 2020, Big Sky, MT, 2020.(PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Jameson, T., Stancu, G., Thangavelautham, J., “Design and Control of a Mechanical Hopping Mechanism Suited for Exploring Low-gravity Environments, ” IEEE Aerospace Conference 2020, Big Sky, MT, 2020.(PDF)
    • Kwon, B., Thangavelautham, J., “ Autonomous Coverage Path Planning Using Artificial Neural Tissue for Aerospace Applications, ” IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, Big Sky, Montana, March 13, 2020. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Vance, L., Xu, Y., Thangavelautham, J., “Automated Design Architecture for Lunar Constellations, ” IEEE Aerospace Conference 2020, Big Sky, MT, 2020. (PDF)
    • Moses, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ Shape Morphing for Planetary Exploration, ” IEEE Aerospace Conference 2020, Big Sky, MT, 2020. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Multidisciplinary Design and Control Optimization of a Spherical Robot for Planetary Exploration,” 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, 2020.(PDF)
    • Vance, L. Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Solar Sailing Fundamentals with an Exploration of Trajectory Control to Lunar Halo Orbit,” 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, 2020.(PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., “Autonomous Robot Swarms for Off-World Construction and Resource Mining,” 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, 2020.(PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ Design of Spacecraft Swarm Flybys for Planetary Moon Exploration, ” 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, 2020. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Lunar CubeSat Lander to Explore Mare Tranquilitatis Pit” 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, 2020.(PDF)

    2019

    • Thangavelautham, J., Chandra, A., Jensen, E., “Autonomous Multirobot Technologies for Mars Mining Base Construction and Operation,” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019.(PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ Towards End to End Design of Spacecraft Swarms for Small-Body Reconnaissance, ” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Automated Multidisciplinary Design and Control of Hopping Robot Swarms for Exploration of Extreme Environments on the Moon and Mars,” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019.(PDF)
    • Bouskela, A., Chandra, A., Shkrayev, S., Thangavelautham, J., “ Planetary Exploration Using CubeSat Deployed Sailplanes,” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019.(PDF)
    • Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Investigating Asteroid Surface Geophysics with an Ultra-Low-Gravity Centrifuge in Low-Earth Orbit” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019.(PDF)
    • Wilburn, G., Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “ Development and Testing of an Engineering Model for an Asteroid Hopping Robot, ” 70th International Astronautic Congress, 2019. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ Cooperative Multi-spacecraft Observation of Incoming Space Threats, ” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2019(Best Paper Presentation Award). (PDF)
    • Morad, S., Kalita, H., Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Building Small-Satellites to Live Through the Kessler Effect, ”Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2019.(PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Vance, L., Reddy, V., Thangavelautham, J., “Use of Laser Beams to Configure and Command Spacecraft Swarms,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Furfaro, R., Hamilton, C., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “GNC Challenges and Opportunities of CubeSat Science Missions Deployed from the Lunar Gateway,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Martinez, J., Thangavelautham, J., “GNC of Interplanetary Spacecraft Utilizing Water-Steam Propulsion,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Motion Planning on an Asteroid with Irregular Gravity Fields,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Shakarayev, S., Thangavelautham, J., “Attitude Control of an Inflatable Aircraft for Mars Exploration,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Vance, L., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “An autonomous passive navigation method for nanosatellite exploration of the asteroid belt,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Spacecraft Swarm Attitude Control for Small Body Surface Observation,” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Wilburn, G., Himangshu, K., Chandra, A., Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J. “Guidance, Navigation and Control of Asteroid Mobile Imager and Geologic Observer (AMIGO),” 42nd AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Kalita, H., Furfaro, R., Thangavelautham, J., “End to End Satellite Servicing and Space Debris Management,” Space Traffic Management Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Vance, D., Reddy, V., Thangavelautham, J., “Lasers for Communication and Coordination Control of Spacecraft Swarms,” Space Traffic Management Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Wilburn, G., Thangavelautham, J., “Advanced Inflatable De-Orbit Solutions for Derelict Satellites and Orbital Debris,” Space Traffic Management Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Vance, L., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham,. J., “Evaluation of Mother-Daughter Architectures for Asteroid Belt Exploration,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, 2019. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Morad, S., Thangavelautham, J., “Coordination and Control of Multiple Climbing Robots in Transporting Heavy Loads through Extreme Terrain,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, 2019. (PDF)
    • Wilburn, G., Thangavelautham, J., “A Milli-newton Propulsion System for the Asteroid Mobile Imager and Geologic Observer,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Vance, L., Chandra, A., Schwartz, S., Kalita, H., Nallapu, R., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “An On-Orbit CubeSat Centrifuge for Asteroid Science and Exploration,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Babuscia, A., Thangavelautham, J., “Modular Inflatable Composites for Large Space Observatories,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Morad, S., Chandra, A., Thangavelautham, J., “A Spring Powered Extreme Environment Robot for Off-World Cave Exploration,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Attitude Control of CubeSat Swarm for Visual Mapping of Planetary Bodies,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (PDF)

    2018

    • Chandra, A., Thangavelautham, J., Babuscia, A., “Composite Inflatable Antennas for Small-Satellite and Backup Communication,” 24th Ka-band and Broadband Communications Conference, Niagara Falls,Canada, 2018. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “On-Orbit Meteor Impact Monitoring Using CubeSat Swarms,” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Thangavelautham, J., “De-orbiting Small Satellites Using Inflatables,” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Furfaro, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Satellite Capture and Servicing Using Networks of Tethered Robots Supported by Ground Surveillance,” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Morad, S., Nallapu, R., Kalita, H., Kwon, B., Reddy, V., Furfaro, R., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “On-Orbit Smart Camera System to Observe Illuminated and Unilluminated Space Objects,” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Reddy, V., Thangavelautham, J., “Laser Beam for External Position Control and Traffic Management of On-Orbit Satellites,” Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 2018.
    • Kalita, H., Ravindran, A., Thangavelautham, J., “Exploration and Utilization of Asteroids as Interplanetary Communication Relays,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Chandra, A., Thangavelautham, J. “Modular Inflatable Space Structures,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Ravindran, A., Morad, S., Thangavelautham, J. “Path Planning and Navigation Inside Off-World Lava Tubes and Caves,” IEEE/ION PLANS Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Schwartz, S., Nallapu, R., Reddy, V., Thangavelautham, J., “Navigating to Small-Bodies using Small Satellites,” IEEE/ION PLANS Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Morad, S., Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Planning and Navigation of Climbing Robots in Low-Gravity Environments,” IEEE/ION PLANS Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Ravindran, A., Kalita, H., Hernandez, V., Reddy, V., Furfaro, R., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Smart Camera System Onboard a CubeSat for Space-based Object Reentry and Tracking,” IEEE/ION PLANS Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Nallapu, R., Schwartz, S.,Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Mobility and Science Operations on an Asteroid Using a Hopping Small Spacecraft on Stilts,” 41st AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Ravindran, A.,Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Vision-based Tracking Controller for an On-Orbit Meteor Observer,” 41st AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2018. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Furfaro, R., Thangavelautham, J., “On-Orbit Satellite Servicing using Multiple Tethered Robots,” 41st AAS Guidance and Control Conference, 2018. (PDF)

    2017

    • Kalita, H., Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Network of Nano-Landers for In-situ Characterization of Asteroid Impact Studies,” Proceedings of the 68th International Astronautic Congress, 2017. (PDF)
    • Fleetwood, G., Thangavelautham, J., “An Information Theoretic Approach to Sample Acquisition and Perception in Planetary Robotics,” Proceedings of the Adaptive Hardware and Systems Conference, 2017. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Multirobot Cliff Climbing on Low-Gravity Environments,” Proceedings of the Adaptive Hardware and Systems Conference, 2017. (PDF)
    • Ravindran, A., Nallapu, R., Warren, A., Babuscia, A., Vazsco, J., Thangavelautham, J., “An Experimental Platform for Multi-spacecraft Phase-Array Communications,” IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, 2017. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Tallapragada, A., Thangavelautham, J.,“Radiometric Actuators for Spacecraft Attitude Control,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2017. (PDF)
    • Guo X., Thangavelautham, J.,“Novel Use of Photovoltaics for Backup Spacecraft Laser Communication,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2017. (PDF)
    • Babuscia, A., Sauder, J., Chandra, A., Thangavelautham, J.,“Inflatable Antenna for CubeSats: A New Spherical Design for Increased X-band Gain,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2017.
    • Raura, L., Warren, A., Thangavelautham, J., “Spherical Planetary Robot for Rugged Terrain Traversal,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2017.(PDF)
    • Gankidi, P., Thangavelautham, J., “FPGA Architecture for Deep Learning and its application to Planetary Robotics,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2017. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Shah, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J.,“Attitude Control of the Asteroid Origins Satellite I (AOSAT 1),” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., Rhoden, A., Drew, J.,“The Opportunities and Challenges of GNC on a Europa CubeSat Mission Concept,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J.,“Guidance, Navigation and Control of a Bucket Wheel for Surface Mining of Asteroids and Small-Bodies,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Schwartz, S., Ichikawa, S., Gankidi, P., Kenia, N., Dektor, G., Thangavelautham, J.,“Optical Navigation for Interplanetary CubeSats,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017.(PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “GNC of the SphereX Robot for Extreme Environment Exploration on Mars,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Sonawane, N., Thangavelautham, J.,“Precision Pointing of Antennas in Space using Arrays of Shape Memory Alloy based Linear Actuators,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Nallapu, R., Warren, A., Thangavelautham, J,“Guidance, Navigation and Control of Multirobot Systems in Cooperative Cliff Climbing,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF), Best Student Paper Award (2nd Place)
    • Rabade, S., Thangavelautham, J., “Combined Thermal Control and GNC: An Enabling Technology for CubeSat Surface Probes and Small Robots,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Hernendas-Martinez, M., Uglietta, J., Lozes, K., Thangavelautham J.,“Entry, Descent and Landing System for CubeSat Missions to the Moon and Small-bodies,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “Attitude Control of FemtoSats in LEO Using 3-axis Magneto-Torquers,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017.
    • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J.,“Precise Pointing of CubeSat Telescopes,” 40th AAS Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AAS, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2017. (PDF)

    2016

    • Nallapu, R., Thoesen, A., Garvie, L., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J.“Optimized Bucket Wheel Design for Asteroid Excavation,” Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress, IAF, Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 1-10, 2016. (PDF)
    • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J.,“Automated Design of CubeSats and Small Spacecrafts,” Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress, IAF, Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 1-8, 2016. (PDF)
    • Rabade, S., Barba, N., Garvie, L., Thangavelautham, J.,“The Case for Solar Thermal Steam Propulsion System for Interplanetary Travel: Enabling Simplified ISRU Utilizing NEOs and Small Bodies,” Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress, IAF, Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 1-12, 2016. (PDF)
    • Hernandez, V., Gankidi, P., Chandra, A., Miller, A., Scowen, P., Barnaby, H., Adamson, E., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J.,8220;SWIMSat: Space Weather and Meteor Impact Monitoring using a Low-Cost 6U CubeSat,” Proceedings of the 30th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, AIAA, Logan, Utah, 2016. (PDF)
    • Pothamsetti, R., Thangavelautham, J.“Photovoltaic Electrolysis Propulsion System for Interplanetary CubeSats,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2016. (PDF)
    • Babuscia, A., Sauder, J., Thangavelautham, J., Choi, E., Chandra, A.“Inflatable Antenna for CubeSats: Development of the X-band Prototype,” Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Bozeman, Montana, 2016.

    2015 and earlier

    • Babuscia, A., Choi, T., Cheung, K., Thangavelautham, J., Ravichandran, M., Chandra, A., “Inflatable antenna for cubesat: Extension of the previously developed s-band design to the X-band,” AIAA Space, 2015.
    • Thangavelautham, J., Robinson, M., *Taits A., *McKinney, T, *Amidan, S, *Polak, A “Flying, Hopping, Pit-Bots for Cave and Lava Tube Exploration on the Moon and Mars,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions, NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, Maryland, 2014. (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., Thoesen, A., Gadau, F., Hutchins, G., Asphaug, E., Alizadeh, I., “Low-Cost Science Laboratory in Microgravity Using a CubeSat Centrifuge Framework,” Proceedings of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, 2014. (PDF)
    • Perera, V., Movshovitz, N., Asphaug, E., and Thangavelautham, J. “Material Studies of Asteroid Regolith and Accretion Using a Low-Cost CubeSat Laboratory.” Proceedings of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
    • Thangavelautham, J., Strawser, D., Cheung, M. and Dubowsky, S., “Lithium Hydride Powered PEM Fuel Cells for Long-Duration  Small Mobile Robotic Missions,” Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012. (PDF)
    • Iora, P. and Thangavelautham, J. “Development of a Dynamic Model and Control of a PEM Fuel Cell,” Proceedings of the European Fuel Cell Forum 2011, Lucene, Switzerland, A1410 1-13, 2011.
    • Thangavelautham, J., Gallardo, D., Strawser, D. and Dubowsky, S., “Hybrid Fuel Cells Power for Long Duration Robotic Missions in Field Environments,” Proceedings of the Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), Paris, France, September, 2011.
    • Thangavelautham, J., Abu El Samid, N., Grouchy, P., Earon E., Fu, T., Nagrani, N., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., Evolving Multirobot Excavation Controllers and Choice of Platforms Using Artificial Neural Tissue Controllers. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Robotics and Automation, 2009. (PDF)
    • Earon, E., Thangavelautham, J., Liu, T., Armstrong, H., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., Boucher, D., Viel, M., Richard, J., "A Multiagent Methodology for Lunar Robotic Mission Risk Mitigation," Proceedings of the AIAA Space Conference, 2009
    • Grouchy, G., Thangavelautham, J., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "An Island Model for High-Dimensional Genomes using Phylogenetic Speciation and Species Barcoding, "Proceedings of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, ACM, Montreal, Canada, 2009
    • Thangavelautham, J., Smith, A., Abu El Samid, N., Ho, A., Boucher, D., Richard, J.,  D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "Multirobot Lunar Excavation and ISRU Using Artificial-Neural-Tissue Controllers, " Proceedings of the Space Technology and Applications International Forum 2008, New Mexico (PDF)
    • Abu El Samid, N., Thangavelautham, J., D'Eleuterio, G. M. T., "Infrastructure Robotics: A Technology Enabler for Lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization, Habitat Construction and Maintenance," Proceedings of the International Astronautic Conference 2008, Scotland (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J.,  D'Eleuterio, G. M. T., "Developmental Neural Heterogeneity through Coarse-Coding Regulation,"  Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Artificial Life, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept., 2007 (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., Smith, A., Boucher, D., Richard, J., D'Eleuterio, G. M. T., " Evolving a Scalable Multirobot Controller Using an Artificial Neural Tissue Paradigm ,"  Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April 2007. (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., Smith, A., Boucher, D., Richard, J., D'Eleuterio, G. M. T., "Application of an Artificial Neural Tissue Controller to Multirobot Lunar ISRU Operations,"  Proceedings of Space Technology and Applications International Forum, Jan. 2007, vol. 880, 389–399. (DOI)(PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., D’Eleuterio, G. M. T.,  “A Coarse-Coding Framework for a Gene-Regulatory-Based Artificial Neural Tissue, ”  Advances In Artificial Life: Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Artificial Life, Kent, UK, September, 2005 (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., D’Eleuterio, G. M. T.,  “A Neuroevolutionary Approach to Emergent Task Decomposition,”  Proceedings of the 8th Parallel Problem Solving from Nature Conference, Birmingham, UK, September, 2004 1:  991-1000 (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "Learning From Insects: Development of An Emergent Task Decomposition Network for Collective Robotics," Proceedings. of the 6th Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures in Space Conference, Riomaggiore, Italy, July, 2004
    • Thangavelautham, J., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "Application of a Neuroevolutionary Approach to Emergent Task Decomposition in Collective Robotics," Late Breaking Proceedings. of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2004, Seattle, WA, June, 2004 (PDF)
    • Thangavelautham, J., Barfoot, T.D., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "Coevolving Communication and Cooperation for Lattice Formation Tasks (Updated)," Advances In Artificial Life: Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), Dortmund, Germany, September 14-17th, 2003 (PDF)

Selected Academic Publications
Journal Papers

  • Vance, L., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Particle ejection contributions to the shape and spin of small near-Earth asteroids” Submitted to Nature, 2020.
  • Thangavelautham, J. “Evolving Scalable Bucket Brigade Behavior for Multirobot Resource Gathering Tasks,” To be Submitted to Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation, 2020.
  • Kalita, H., Morad, S., Robinson, M., Thangavelautham, J., “Mother-Daughter Architectures for Exploration of the Extreme Environment Frontiers of the Solar System,” In Preparation, 2019.
  • Rabade, S., Barba, N., Garvie, L., Thangavelautham, J., “Solar Thermal Steam Propulsion System for Interplanetary Travel: Enabling Simplified ISRU Utilizing NEOs,” Submitted to Aerospace, 2020.
  • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Combined Power and Propulsion System Optimization for Robots to Explore Off-world Extreme Environments,” Submitted to AIAA Journal, 2020.
  • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ Design and Sensitivity Analysis of Spacecraft Swarms for Planetary Moon Reconnaissance through Co-orbits,” In Review Acta Astronautica, 2020.
  • Nallapu, R., Thangavelautham, J., “ An Automated Design Architecture for Visual Mapping Flyby Missions of Spacecraft Swarms to Planetary Moons,” Accepted to Advances in Space Research, 2020. (PDF)
  • Kalita, H., Thangavelautham, J., “Exploration of Extreme Environments with Current and Emerging Robot Systems,” Current Robotics Reports, 2020 (PDF)
  • Chandra, A., Babuscia, A., Thangavelautham, J., “Inflatable Membrane Structures for Small Satellites,” accepted in Journal of Small Satellites, 2019.(PDF)
  • Nallapu, R., Schwartz, S., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “ Robust Spin Control Design for the AOSAT+ Mission Concept, ” IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems, 2020. (Preprint) (PDF)
  • Dektor, G., Kenia, N., Uglietta, J., Ichikawa, S., Choudhary, A., Martinez, M., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., “Logic: A CubeSat Mission to Phobos,” Submitted to Advances in Space Research, pp. 1-32, 2018.
  • Thangavelautham, J., Strawser, D., Manyapu, K., Gallardo, D. and Dubowsky, S., “Long-Life Micro Fuel Cell Power Supply for Mobile Field Sensor Network Modules,,”   International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp. 1-22, 2017.
  • Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J., Klesh, A., Chandra, A., Nallapu, R., Raura, L., Herreras-Martinez, M., “ A CubeSat Centrifuge for Long Duration Milligravity Research, ”  Nature Microgravity , pp. 1-12, 2017.
  • Robinson, M., Thangavelautham, J., Anderson, B., Deran, A., Lawrence, S., Wagner, R., Ridenource, R., Williams, B., Dunham, D., Williams, B., Dunham, D., Babuscia, A., Cheung, K., Genova, A. “Swirl: Unravelling an Enigma, ”  Planetary and Space Sciences Special Issue , pp. 1-25, 2018.
  • Lightholder, J., Thoesen, A., Adamson, E., Jakubowski, J., Nallapu, R., Smallwood, S., Raura, L., Klesh, A., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J. “ Asteroid Origins Satellite 1: An On-orbit Centrifuge Science Laboratory,”  Acta Astronautica, vol. 133, pp. 81-94, 2017. (Preprint) (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J.,Abu El Samid, N., Smith, A.D.S. and D’Eleuterio, G.M.T., “Autonomous Multirobot Excavation for Lunar Applications,” Robotica, pp. 1-24, 2017, DOI:10.1017/S0263574717000017 (Preprint) (PDF)
  • Strawser, D.,Thangavelautham, J. and Dubowsky, S., “A Passive Lithium Hydride Based Hydrogen Generator for Low-Power Fuel Cells for Long-Duration Applications,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp. 1-36, 2014. (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J. and Dubowsky, S., “ On the Catalytic Degradation in Fuel Cell Power Supplies for Long-Life Mobile Field Sensors. ”  Journal of Fuel Cells: Fundamental to Systems, pp. 1-15, DOI: 10.1002/fuce.201200065,  Online, 2012. (PDF)
  • Iora, P. and Thangavelautham, J. “Design of a Mobile PEM Power Backup System through detailed dynamics and control analysis,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp. 1-12, Sept. 2012 (PDF).
  • Thangavelautham, J. and D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., “Tackling Learning Intractability Through Topological Organization and Regulation of Cortical Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 552-564, DOI: 10.1109/TNN.2011.2178311, 2012.  (PDF)

Theses

  • Thangavelautham, J. “A Regulatory Theory of Cortical Organization and Its Applications to Robotics,” Ph.D. Thesis, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto, 2008. (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J. “Evolving Solutions for Lattice Formation Tasks Using Cellular Automata-based Multiagent Systems,” B.A.Sc. Thesis, University of Toronto, 2002.

Scholarly Reports Prepared in Academia

  • Thangavelautham, J. “A Regulatory Theory of Cortical Organization and Its Applications to Robotics,” Ph.D. Thesis, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto, 2008. (PDF)
  • Thangavelautham, J. “Evolving Solutions for Lattice Formation Tasks Using Cellular Automata-based Multiagent Systems,” B.A.Sc. Thesis, University of Toronto, 2002.
  • Thangavelautham, J., "Hydrodynamic Propulsion of Multibody Systems in Microbiology," p 1-8, 2005 (AER1512, Multibody Dynamics, Prof. G. M. T. D’Eleuterio)
  • Thangavelautham, J., "Natural Image Statistics of Optical Flow," p 1-11, 2005 (CSC2541, Topics in Machine Learning and Neural Networks: Natural Image Statistics,  Prof. R. Zemel)
  • Thangavelautham, J., "Northern Light Rover Final Report: Power, Thermal and Mechanical Systems," Prepared for UTIAS Space Flight Lab, June, 2004
  • Thangavelautham, J., "Application of Clustering Techniques in a Multiagent Stochastic Cellular Automata Network," p 1-8, 2003 (CSC2515, Machine Learning,  Prof. S. Roweis)

Scholarly Reports Prepared for Industry/Government

  • Thangavelautham, J., Fu, T., D'Eleuterio, G.M.T., "Artificial Neural Tissue Technical Notes for In-situ Resource Utilization Activities," prepared for NORCAT (under Canadian Space Agency Contract), March, 2009
  • Thangavelautham, J., "MSelect: Aerospace Materials Selection, Processing and Analysis Software," Preparedfor MDA Space Missions, August, 2001
  • Ou, M., Thangavelautham, J., "Contact Dynamics Toolkit Validation Studies," Prepared for MDA Space Missions (under Canadian Space Agency Contract, Space Technology Development Program), September, 2001
  • Thangavelautham, J., Keough, T., "Life Cycle Cost Analysis of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator," Prepared for MDA Space Missions (under Canadian Space Agency  International Space Station contract), August, 2000

Media Mentions


2019

  • (NEW) Article, “ Scientists Propose New Satellite Tech to Dodge Space Junk from Megaconstellations,” Space.com  (PDF)
  • Article, “NASA admin: ASU, UA 'leading the world' in training next generation of space scientists,” Arizona Republic  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “NASA chooses UA for MIRO program,” The Daily Wildcat  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “NASA funding is helping students build cubesats,” Space Daily  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “NASA awards $3 million to UA for asteroid research, inclusion of minority students,” Arizona Daily Star  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “$3M in NASA Funding to Help Students Build CubeSats,” UA News  (PDF)
  • Article, “Researchers Propose An Inflatable Sailplane to Explore Mars,” Futurism  (PDF)
  • Article/Opinion, “Swarms of Satellites: Miniaturizing Space Exploration,” Filling Spaces  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “UA project chosen by NASA to aid in CubeSat Launch Initiative,” The Daily Wildcat  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “UA Student-led CatSat Mission Selected by NASA,” UA News  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “Arizona: Student-Led CatSat Mission Selected for Flight by NASA,” Space Daily News  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “Using laser beams for communication and coordination of spacecraft swarms,” TechXplore  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “An approach for motion planning on asteroid surfaces with irregular gravity fields,” TechXplore  (PDF)
  • Article, “Asteroid Exploration with an AMIGO,” The Space Resource  (PDF)

2018

  • Article/Opinion, “The Rise of Interplanetary CubeSats,” The Room: Space Journal  (PDF)

2017

  • Article, “Dr Jekan Thangavelautham – Designing Devices For Exploring Space And Investigating Climate Change,” Scientia  (PDF)

2016

  • Article, “ASU Satellite to Search for Outer Space Threats,” ASU Now  (PDF)
  • Article, “U.S. Air Force partners with ASU students to design satellite that will monitor space threats,” State Press  (PDF)
  • Article, “These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000,” Smithsonian  (PDF)
  • Article, “Space Becomes Affordable If Your Spacecraft Is 3 Centimetres Small,” Vice  (PDF)
  • Article, “Student-designed ‘FemtoSats’ aim to bring cost of satellite deployment below $1,000,” Techcrunch  (PDF)
  • Article, “Palm-Sized Satellite FemtoSat Aims To Bring Down Cost Of Space Missions,” Tech Times  (PDF)
  • Article, “The next big thing in space may be really, REALLY small satellites,” Ars Technica  (PDF)
  • Article, “Bezos Trots Out New Glenn Rocket Design,” Tech News World  (PDF)
  • Article, “Coming Soon: Swarms of Space Robots,” Air and Space Magazine  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “RedWorks Wants To Build Your First Home On Mars,” Fast Company  (PDF)
  • Article, “Anyone could send experiments into space with this tiny cube,” Wired.co.uk  (PDF)
  • Article, “When CubeSats are Too Big,” The Space Review and Spacenews  (PDF)
  • Article, “Tiny 'chipsat' spacecraft ready for first flight,” Nature – News  (PDF)
  • Article, “The 2016 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: Two cheaper ways to get to space,” Popular Mechanics  (PDF)
  • Article, “Tiny 'Chipsat' Spacecraft Set for First Flight,” Scientific American  (PDF)
  • Article, “How a $5 Million Launch Vehicle Could Transform the Satellite Business” Gizmodo  (PDF)
  • Article, “Soon, send your own tiny satellites to space!,” Economic Times  (PDF)
  • Episode 46: Spacecraft no bigger than a breadbox with Dr. Asphaug  (PDF)

2015 and Earlier

  • Article, “Out of this world: ASU student turns love of art, space into career,” ASU Now  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “Out of this world: NASA picks ASU to lead moon-orbiter mission,” Arizon Republic  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “ASU chosen to lead NASA CubeSat mission,” USA Today/Des Moiner Register  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “NASA chooses ASU to lead moon mission,” Phoenix Business Journal  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “ASU chosen to lead lunar CubeSat mission,” ASU Now  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “$1,000 may soon get you to space,” FastCompany  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “Universidad en AZ dirigirá misión lunar,” Univision  (PDF)
  • Article, “CubeSats to the Moon: An interview with the scientist behind NASA’s newest planetary exploration mission,” Planetary Science Society Blog  (PDF)
  • Article/Interview, “CubeSats Are Paving Mankind's Way Back To The Moon, And Beyond,” Popular Science  (PDF)
  • Interview, “Pluto Pix Push Interest in Space Exploration,” R. Adhikari, technewsworld.com  (PDF)
  • Interview, “Pac Man Satellite to Munch on Space Junk,” R. Adhikari, technewsworld.com  (PDF)
  • Interview, “ISS Cargo Lost In SpaceX Falcon Flameout,” R. Adhikari, technewsworld.com  (PDF)
  • Article, “Enabling Amateur Space Exploration,” Yuma Now/Small Step to Space  (PDF)
  • Interview/Article, “Asteroids made easy: 'Patch of asteroid' being built inside a satellite,” Science Daily  (PDF)
  • Interview, “5 Tips To Stay Curious From People Who Do It For A Living,” Huffingtonpost.com  (PDF)
  • Interview, “NASA and Google Do the Tango,” technewsworld.com (PDF)
  • “What will it take to get us back to the Moon?,” Project hieroglyph/Boing-boing.net, Review on Cory Doctorow’s “The Moon Who Sold the Moon” (PDF)
  • Article, “Team builds world's first CubeSat microgravity laboratory,” Phys.org(PDF)
  • Interview, “NASA May Schedule Spacewalks to Fix ISS Cooling Loop” (PDF)
  • Podcast, “Don't Evolve the Robot, Evolve the Team,” - Interview with ASU's Dr. Jekan Thanga  (PDF)
  • Interview, “NASA May Schedule Spacewalks to Fix ISS Cooling Loop,” R. Adhikari, technewsworld.com  (PDF)
  • Interviews on Feasibility of Giant Humanoid Robot, Space.com  (PDF)
  • Interviews on Feasibility of Giant Humanoid Robot, SfyWire.com  (PDF)
  • Interview, MIT Museaum, a good place to start, Survive and Thrive+  (PDF)
  • Article, “Intech Robotics Experts Publish to Worldwide Audience” (PDF)